Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Monograms shares new track 'Sounds Like Mean Spirit'



Brooklyn-based, experimental indie rock band Monograms share their new single "Sounds Like Mean Spirit." Yesterday, mxdwn premiered the track with praise, stating, "Based around a determined bassline and a serpentine guitar lead, Jacobs’ fuzzed-out voice spits out lines like 'nothing ever changes / nothing stays the same.' The song gradually builds up steam through the chorus, only to complete release the energy to begin the verse again from scratch, building once again from a sparse bass." Earlier this week, the band announced their hometown release show on September 21st at The Broadway in Brooklyn (AdHoc Presents) with Big Bliss, Russian Baths and Jelly Kelly (purchase tickets here). Living Wire LP is due out September 20th via PaperCup Music.

The largest looming concept behind this album and the songs written on Living Wire is about the current state of creativity and the controlled environment that we exist within - a not so subtle jab at the state of technology and the constant noise that revolves around us, within social media, moderne life and everywhere - a buzzing choir, a living wire. With all the distractions, pop ups, influencers and stimuli in modern life, it can prove difficult to quiet that noise and focus on what you want to make. Additionally, A "live wire" is a person or object with so much energy that it becomes completely unpredictable or combustable, and the connotation is very polarizing: positive or negative, but either way overwhelming. Jacobs sees himself as one of these types. It’s hard for him to sit still and that’s not always a good or bad thing, but therein lies the challenge: quieting the noise long enough to create something, in this case, a record, that is based on his own reflections.

It was important to Jacobs to make somewhat of an about-face with this album and try some different techniques based on the music he was listening to, which was lots of 80's era pop music, 90's era college radio rotations, as well as a variety of electronic music from the past four decades. Having the ability to record a lot of components of the tracks at home in his makeshift home studio allows for a lot of experimentation, so some songs were started there, while others were workshopped with the band in a rehearsal or live setting or written fully in the studio. At the helm was producer/mixer Ben Rice, whose creative fingerprints are all over the record, Rice and Jacobs produced the record together and Rice mixed the entire album at his studio in Brooklyn, Degraw Sound.

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Thursday, 8 August 2019

TODAY!!!!! Tom Sail releases his second single, ‘Wounded’



Today, Tom Sail, Manchester-bred, London-transplanted singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who releases his second single, ‘Wounded’. A howling chorus and driving beat propel ‘Wounded’ through a tight three minutes of what Sail calls his “retro-indie pop” with heavy rock and a touch of pop at the core.

Listen close for echoes of The Beatles, The War on Drugs, Oasis and Motown in Sail’s music, of which a 12-song album will be released later in 2019. The product of two years’ work by “scraping together” one or two days in RAK Studios, the as-yet untitled album will showcase his talents by playing every instrument .

“I come from a very musical family, and taught myself to play since I was 10 years old,” Sail says. Some of the ideas for my music were generated during a six-month trip through South-East Asia, Australia and America and written in the back of a camper van on a tiny guitar I bought in Vietnam”.
When he’s writing a song, Tom says that the process starts with a mix of any of four ingredients: melody, story, lyrics and a riff. “Sometimes I will pick up the guitar and the song will just start with a melody. Other times I will pick up a phrase from a book or something written on the back of a bus seat which will inspire me to create a lyric” he says.

Perhaps with a nod to his Beatles and Motown influences, Sail turns to the melancholy of their early works. “I like how all the Motown and early Beatles are always about heartbreak,” he says. “I like to feel melancholic hopefulness in my songs – they are usually sad to a point but not depressing.”
‘Wounded’ and its haunting predecessor, single ‘Two Weeks’ both deliver riveting musical introductions to this new talent. What five words would Tom Sail use to describe his upcoming album?  “Retro. Melancholic. Hopeful. Dreamy. Pensive.”



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Pixies shares New Music video 'Catefish Kate'


LOS ANGELES, CA — Tuesday, August 6, 2019 — The animated new music video for 'Catfish Kate,' the first radio single from Pixies’ studio album 'Beneath The Eyrie' due out September 13th (BMG), ventures deep into the imagination of the band’s main lyricist Black Francis.  The clip weaves the bizarre lyrical and visual tale of mountain woman Kate’s simple task to catch a fish for that night’s dinner, and what occurs that has her known forever after as 'Catfish Kate.'

The clip was created by the UK/European-based Krank! Collective who also produced the animated video for Pixies’ 'Tenement Song' from 2016’s Head Carrier.  Krank!’s Neirin Best and Lianne Pierce created the 'Catfish Kate' video using a variety of handmade and digital animation techniques, including old school light box, painted animation, rotoscoping and digital compositing.

'Catfish Kate' follows 'On Graveyard Hill,' the first track released from the album that debuted at #1 on FMQB’s SubModern Chart.  'Beneath The Eyrie' was produced by GRAMMY-nominated Tom Dalgety and recorded last December at Dreamland Studios near Woodstock, NY.  The band’s 'It’s a Pixies Podcast' is the 12-episode podcast that gives fans a real “fly-on-the-wall" look at the album’s recording process.  Each episode has fans witnessing the interaction between vocalist/rhythm guitarist Black Francis, guitarist Joey Santiago, drummer David Lovering, bassist Paz Lenchantin and Dalgety, shining a light on how the songs evolved from a simple riff to what you’ll hear on the finished album.  'It’s a Pixies Podcast' is about half-way through with Episode Seven released this Thursday (8/8), and is available globally on Apple, Spotify, Deezer, and Stitcher.

Pixies 2019-2020 global trek to support 'Beneath The Eyre' begins Saturday August 31st at the Daydream Festival in Pasadena, CA.  The band then heads to the UK for its first European tour in two years, kicking off September 13th.  More worldwide dates will be announced shortly.

AUGUST
31  Daydream Festival, Pasadena, CA

SEPTEMBER
12  De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK
13  Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK
14  Pavilions, Plymouth, UK
16  O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK
17  O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
18  O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK
20  Alexandra Palace, London, UK
21  O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK
22  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK
23  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK
25  Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK
26  Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland
29  Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
30  Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden

OCTOBER
 1   KB Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
 3   TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, The Netherlands
 4   O13 Poppodium, Tilburg, The Netherlands
 5   Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany
 7   Palladium, Cologne, Germany
 8   Lucerna Music Hall, Prague, Czech Republic
 9   Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
11  Estragon, Bologna, Italy
12  Todays at OGR, Turin, Italy
13  X-Tra, Zurich, Switzerland
15  Tonhalle, Munich, Germany
16  Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
17  Luxexpo, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
19  L'Olympia, Paris, France
20  Le Radiant, Lyon, France
21  Le Liberte, Rennes, France
23  Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona, Spain
24  Riviera, Madrid, Spain
25  Campo Pequeno, Lisbon, Portugal
26  Coliseum, Galicia, Spain


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Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Prolific Indie-rock sensation Ro Bergman Shares ‘Horizon’ Single


Indie-rock connoisseur Ro Bergman has released recently released his track  ‘Horizon’ via Bergman Music. The track was produced by Niko Stoessl (worked with the likes of Dave Gahan, IamX, NIHILS, Motoboy) and was composed by Bergman himself alongside Niko Stoessl while the video was directed by Acoda. Bergman has already racked up an impressive 50 000 Spotify streams and 41 000 Youtube views.

The Austrian-made masterpiece ‘Horizon’ has lyrics of encouragement that speak of new horizons and beginnings. The track gives one the sense of journey as you are transported into a different world through the riveting track.

Speaking of the track Bergman notes: “Out of the underground into the open, I had to write ‘Horizon’ to break out and see my new horizons.”



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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Lightning Bolt announce new album Sonic Citadel



Legendary duo Lightning Bolt will be releasing their seventh full length album, Sonic Citadel, on 11 October 2019. On Sonic Citadel, the band often called the loudest rock outfit around have done the daring, stripping away some of their distorted mask to reveal the naked pop forms beneath the noise like never before. In addition to the new album, Lightning Bolt will be reissuing their entire Load Records catalogue via Thrill Jockey throughout 2019 and 2020, starting with Wonderful Rainbow, out 23 August. Lightning Bolt will be touring this fall and winter - full list of dates to be announced.

Over their career Lightning Bolt’s incomparable sound has been built on the ebb and flow between the power of raw, unbridled simplicity and a boundless, childlike sense of wonder. Sonic Citadel marks the duo’s most varied and diverse work since their seminal album Wonderful Rainbow, exploring a large breadth of emotions between and within each song. Bassist Brian Gibson and drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale again recorded with Seth Manchester at the esteemed Machines With Magnets to capture the abandon of their music with clarity and Gibson’s incredible dynamic range clearly to make the record as visceral an experience as their live performances. The pummeling “Blow To The Head” and swirling “Van Halen 2049” bookend the album with two of the most ferocious songs in the band’s catalogue, with the former built as a Black Pus (Brian Chippendale’s solo outlet) track on steroids. In stark contrast, songs like “Don Henley In The Park,” and “All Insane” take on almost conventional pop shapes despite being entirely spontaneous pieces crafted in the studio. “Hüsker Dön’t” too defies expectations as one of the poppiest songs in their discography with a chugging but clear chord progression and some of Chippendale’s least distorted vocals. These wildly varying approaches are a testament to the duo’s immeasurable capacity to explore new sonic territory organically, and largely through improvisation.

In the four years between album releases, each member’s increasingly prolific creative endeavors limited their time to create together. Brian Gibson was the sole artist, musician and co-designer of the acclaimed video game Thumper, which has since proliferated across a multitude of platforms, and won countless awards including the 2019 Apple Design Award. Brian Chippendale, who has always created the band’s visual art, released the graphic novel Puke Force, was included in Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” and recently collaborated with fashion designers Eckhaus Latta.

Lightning Bolt - Sonic Citadel tracklist:
1. Blow To The Head
2. USA Is A Psycho
3. Air Conditioning
4. Hüsker Dön't
5. Big Banger
6. Halloween 3
7. Don Henley In The Park
8. Tom Thump
9. Bouncy House
10. All Insane
11. Van Halen 2049




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Friday, 2 August 2019

Prettiest Eyes Share "Mr. President" Music Video On Self-Titled



Castle Face Records signee Prettiest Eyes have shared the video for their track "Mr. President". Their new LP Vol. 3 is out now on Castle Face. Prior to the album release, the band shared the track "Nekrodisco" on BrooklynVegan. The band will spend this fall touring with Oh Sees.

Last year’s “Pools" having taken up a sizable chunk of our cold dark hearts, we were delighted to hear that LA post-industrial trio Prettiest Eyes have a new gang of crowd-stirrers. None too early, either; once you’ve become accustomed to their clanging synthetic orbit, it’s hard to find other tunes that truly scratch the same itch. Volume 3 bursts at the seams with chrome-dipped timbres and surprise sharp edges, alien klaxon-calls and wailing dissonance offsetting the ziplock’d grease of their insistent drum and bass grooves. Prettiest Eyes are one of the most exciting live bands going on right now, and Volume 3 catches them in fine fettle. It’s out on Castle Face records now.

Tour Dates:
9/30 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10/1 San Francisco, CA- The Chapel
10/2 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
10/4 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
10/7 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theater
10/10 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue Mainroom
10/11 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10/12 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10/14 Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
10/15 Montreal, QC - Le National
10/16 Cambridge, MC - The Sinclair
10/18 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/19 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/20 New York, NY - Warsaw
10/22 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/23 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
10/24 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
10/25 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jack’s
10/26 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
10/27 Austin, TX - Hotel Vegas
10/29 Albuquerque, NM - Sister Bar
10/31 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom

Vol. 3 - TRACKLISTING
Johnny Come Home
It Cost’s To Be Austere
I Don’t Know
Mr. President
Nekrodisco
The Shame
Another Earth
Marihuana
Summer In LA
No More Summer
Strange Distance
La Maldad




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Thursday, 1 August 2019

Rock band Weston Rd release their first brutal music video for ‘Take You Down’


Alternative-Rock band Weston Rd has shared the music video for the single ‘Take You Down’. The English rock outfit originally comes from the small country town of Stafford, where they also found the inspiration for their name.

The band cite fairly diverse influences, from Black Sabbath to Hip Hop.  The video presents a whirlwind of drums and the harsh architecture of the ruins pairing well with the guttural vocals. Shot in both a set of ruins and as well as the behind the scenes aspects of the band’s lives, the viewer is presented with a unique combination of a formal music video meeting.

‘Take You Down’ is our first ever single and also the first song ever written with the band in mind, even before Weston Rd was Weston Rd! As it was then, the band was dealt a nasty blow by someone close to us. Just a few hours later, all of the emotion and thoughts that were provoked resulted in ‘Take You Down.’ You can kind of call it group therapy so we hope that it will be group therapy for all those that get to listen to it too!’


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Artist Tarek Musa reinvents himself musically with release of both single and EP in one day

                           (Art by Joe Wills / Photograph by Amin Musa)

Last Friday, Dead Nature released his first single, ‘FIRE IN YOUR SOUL’ as well as his debut EP, ‘Taking My Shadow’. We’ve included the single below and you can listen to the full EP here. This EP marks the reinvention of ex-Spring King wunderkind Tarek Musa as he begins on his first solo music journey.

The opening song of the Taking My Shadow EP,  ‘Fire In Your Soul’ bolts out of the starting blocks with an incendiary blast of art-rock energy and sets the pace for a 4 track release of sustained gusto and imagination. One of the earliest track’s Tarek Musa penned as Dead Nature, the new single finds the innovative artist & producer doing what he does best; building a spectacular composition with heart from the most unlikely and primitive of beginnings. As Tarek explains:

“Fire In Your Soul was one of the first songs I wrote for this EP. The voice note on my iPhone was just a bass guitar and a mumble of vocals, but I knew the message for this song was meant to be about pulling through challenging times. I had a close friend that was always on my mind, and I knew there was only so much I could do to help them. The overspill of emotions I had were channelled into this song as a message for anyone going through a tough time.”


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Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Rocket Summer announces new album 'Sweet Shivers' set to release 2nd August 2019



Creative output has never been an issue for Bryce Avary, better known by his long-time moniker The Rocket Summer. While for some, songs come in a steady drip, Avary has always been drinking from the proverbial fire hose. The origin story of his new album Sweet Shivers then, which traces multiple studios in different cities, is not one of writer’s block. Songwriting for Avary is the air he breathes, and the only grand design in recent years has been to live. “Writing is where I feel most normal, it's where I come alive” he reflects. “It's therapeutic, so I just keep writing until I'm buried in too much material. Somehow my twisted logic to get out from under the mountain of songs is to just write even more.” It wasn’t until he sat down to comb through fifty plus songs and ideas that an album began to crystalize.

Fans have flocked to Avary’s optimistic and exuberant songcraft and the community it inspires for years, and to that end Sweet Shivers does not disappoint; but the album is multi-dimensional and nuanced. After several years living in Los Angeles, Avary decamped to a cabin in rural Texas to recharge and find inspiration. Avary explains the motivation, saying “I wanted to write the album from different geographical locations to help inform and inspire different viewpoints”. After acclimating to big city life, isolation proved reflective and often difficult, but moments of serendipity helped point the way. “Right when I got to Texas, this honeybee landed directly in front of me and seemed as though it was almost trying to communicate. Parts of my life felt a bit upside down at this time, and the bee just hung out with me for a bit. I thought about how bees see flowers differently from humans and in at that moment I realized maybe the message was perhaps there’s a beauty in seeing from a different perspective; perhaps I need to see like the bee.” Avary snapped a photo that ultimately would become the album cover, but its centricity to the album wouldn’t become clear until looking back later. Avary explains, "to me this whole record and just the overall theme of my life the last couple of years is finding beauty in seeing from a different perspective, especially when areas of life feel a bit convoluted.” The resulting album is modern and alive, and an honest reflection on both where Avary has been, and where he’s going.

From the moment he exploded onto the scene as a teenager in the early 2000s at the forefront of a wave of indie pop, Avary has been a musical force. Charging out of Texas and onto the international stage he has never been in short supply of ear-worm hooks and effortless charm. The Rocket Summer's first full-length album, Calendar Days, won considerable national attention in 2003 before being followed by 2005's Hello, Good Friend, which peaked at No. 26 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.  The Rocket Summer's indie success helped to win Avary a deal with Island/Def Jam, which released Do You Feel in 2007.  That album reached the Top 50 on the Billboard album charts and #16 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums charts, while spawning a pair of popular singles in "So Much Love" and "Do You Feel."  Of Men and Angels followed in 2010, debuting at #1 on iTunes and producing hits in "Walls", "You Gotta Believe”, and “Hills and Valleys”.
 For the Rocket Summer's 2012 album Life Will Write the Words Avary followed his dream of starting his own label, moving from Island/Def Jam to his own Aviate Records. The album debuted at #58 on the Billboard Top 200 and #12 on Billboard's Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums chart. 2016’s follow up Zoetic marked a sonic departure from Avary’s previous work as he forged into unexplored territory and more experimental sounds, described by Substream Magazine as “if Trent Reznor, Mutemath and Paper Route formed a super group in secret.” The album was The Rocket Summer’s best critically received, with high praise from Paste who wrote “Zoetic proves Bryce a master at creating catchy, upbeat anthems”.

Debuting at such a young age, Avary has matured musically and emotionally alongside his fans, from indie pop crooner to indie rock mainstay. Perhaps that fact reflects the bond he feels with his fans and their loyalty. In a digital world that obfuscates human interaction, Avary has remained steadfastly committed to maintaining direct relationships with those who support him, and for all the rock star looks and performances, Avary is betrayed by the simple fact that he’s a genuinely and intensely good person.

Now with Sweet Shivers, Avary’s musical evolution and the breadth of his songwriting is on full display. The album is stunningly expansive, from the opening crescendos of “Morning Light” to the frenetic closing notes of “m & m”. There are hallmarks of Avary’s familiar songwriting style in lyrics that manage to be both extremely personal and universally applicable. There are crowd anthems in the defiant song “Shatter Us” and tender moments of empathy with “Blankets”. “Peace Signs” is a plea for peace, dressed as an apathetic satire of the state of the world. The common sonic thread throughout is a commitment to the organic process. “I wanted to make sure I put real microphones in front of real drums and physically played them,” Avary notes. “Real microphones in front of real guitars, pianos and amplifiers to keep it fully human. Every note is performed outside the computer.” As with previous records, Avary’s musical virtuosity is apparent. He wrote, produced, recorded, mixed, and performed every instrument on the album.

There’s an underlying forward motion that propels the album. Indeed, the hunger for constant progress has underscored much of Avary’s life and career. In late 2018 he returned to LA to finish the album and chart his path forward. For Avary, there’s a basic desire that sets his course, and as is often the case with The Rocket Summer, the lyrics speak best for themselves. Halfway through the album in an unassuming interlude is a simple claim: “I want a life with the world in it”.



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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Alternative-pop musician, Jacob Lee shares ‘Zen’ music video


Jacob Lee, the independent singer/songwriter based out of Gold Coast, Australia, shared the music video for ‘Zen’ on July 26th, premiering on Youtube via his own label Philosophical Records. With a father who was both a bassist and vocalist, it would be simple to say that a path as a musician had been set for Lee from the start however, it seems like the arts overall were calling to the alternative-pop sensation. Lee also intends to release ‘Jacob Lee's Book of Lyricism (Vol 1)’, launching in 2019.

Here’s a sneak peek for the lyrics to ‘Zen’:

“I have known since I was young that I could separate myself
Trace along a synapse in my brain and take on someone else
Peak into a life that I have never known and tell their tales

Reach in my pockets with nothing but consciousness I tend to
Sit upon my hands until my heart achieves a state of Zen”

While maintaining a true individuality, his sound can be likened to that of James Bay, Calum Scott and Sleeping At Last. The music video and lyrics lend themselves to poetry, allowing the message to stand free without the music attached to it. The music emphasises and improves the message but is not the sole carrier in this presentation of the world of art.

“In the clip, we see a naive version of myself deep in a maze, whilst the other dwells alone throughout a mansion. My hope was to portray my regular self as lost & confused, while the other radiated a sense of wisdom. I wanted there to be a mysterious distance between the two initially, though ultimately they would connect & the innocent version of me would be shown the way & lead onward.” - Lee on the concept behind the music video.


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Life at the Arcade release new track 'Antidote' and announce summer tour plans



The ideal remedy to the summertime blues, ‘Antidote’ is an adrenaline inducing shot of heart-pounding riffs, cascading drumrolls and frenetic fret-work that stakes its place as one of the the most confident moments in the band’s catalogue to date.

A love song of sorts, ‘Antidote’ is an impassioned tribute to someone close to the band who has provided that essential lifeline in their hour of need. Recorded in the prestigious Motor Museum Studios in Liverpool, a studio that has welcomed an esteemed array of artists from The 1975 to Oasis, The LA’s & many more; Life At The Arcade now etch their name into its history with this engrossing new cut.

Ablaze with the guitar histrionics and a bombastic production that nods to the 80s, ‘Antidote’ was produced and mixed by James Mellor, and further mastered by Mike Cave (who also worked on the band’s tempestuous previous single: ‘Tabloids’ earlier this year).

Speaking about the new single, frontman Paddy Clegg says:
“This song shows the heavier sounding side of Life At The Arcade. I wrote this track about having someone being my drug / reason to keep me on my feet when times were pretty s**t”.
Renowned among fans as a regular opener of Life At The Arcade’s emphatic live sets, the band will be touring ‘Antidote’ with a string of UK shows this Summer. Full dates and details as follows:


LIFE AT THE ARCADE - SUMMER TOUR - UK 2019
20 July - Sheffield, Tramlines
28 July - Y NOT Festival, Derbyshire
25 August - Preston - TBA
31 August - Skeleton Coast Festival, Leaslowe Castle


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SUNGLO released a special headline EP


The first two years of SUNGLO’s existence have been building up to this moment. The 4-piece have been bubbling under the surface of Manchester’s alternative music scene, building up a fanbase and causing a ruckus in their live shows, and now it’s time for their debut EP. ‘Are You Happy?’ features their first two singles ‘I Don’t Mind’ and ‘Elevator Belle’ as well as three brand new tracks to launch the biggest stage of their journey so far. Set for release on the 18th July, with a special headline EP release show booked at Night & Day, Manchester to celebrate, this is a true statement of intent from the young psychedelic rockers.

Perfectly described by BBC Introducing as “happy filth,” SUNGLO sit somewhere between happy and sad in their raw, experimental sound. Their soft melodic tones take you through a wonderland one minute, then into hazy, grungy chaos the next. Opening track ‘Rainpour’ goes in at full pelt with screeching beefy guitar riffs, plenty of reverb, big-room choruses and is next level frantic. This is followed by their second single, the critically acclaimed ‘Elevator Belle,’ a song that captures the feeling of bipolar not only through the lyrics, but its drastic switching between the calm and a storm. ‘The Feeling’s Gone’ has an undeniable swag and groove about it, not to mention one of the most gnarly guitar solos you’ll hear in a long time. Taking things back to the start, track 4 is their first ever single release ‘I Don’t Mind,’ a song that turned them into ‘ones-to-watch’ in no time. Finally, closing the EP is ‘Forget About It,’ a fuzzy daydream of a song that rounds things off peacefully. On writing the EP, lead singer and guitarist Kady Jones added:

“Are You Happy?' is a very personal DIY release that includes some of the first songs we ever wrote together as a band. It covers the grapple of holding onto your inner child while growing into the person you want to be, as well as dealing with the overwhelming sense of dysphoria that can hit like a sucker punch when you leave education and are thrown into a world that expects you to become a fully-fledged 'adult' overnight. They're all songs with themes we think people will be able to connect to in some way or another and we hope it makes our listeners question what makes them happy so that they can go out and do exactly that”

As well as supporting the likes of Orchards and Slothrust, and causing havoc in and around Manchester, SUNGLO have been turning plenty of heads in their short history, and now they’re about to embark on a tour to support the new EP.

Armed with genre-bending music that takes you back to multiple eras of rock and roll, an explosive live show and downright likeability, this is the start of something much, much bigger for SUNGLO. Are You Happy?



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Sunny Gray shares video for new track ‘Equilibrium'



Melantronic soul." What is this?" you may ask. Well, Sunny Gray is about to explain it to you. The London-based artist has just shared the video for his new track ‘Equilibrium’ - a track he says is a "warning chant" for the state of our environment.

“The track is a warning chant, an invitation to raise our awareness and open our eyes and hearts to hear the cry of pain in our world. The word EQUILIBRIUM is not only a very old word coming from Latin, the language of some of my ancestors, representative of my Sardinian roots, it’s also a word that depicts a state in which opposing forces or influences are balanced. I sensed this struggle between the opposites as soon as I landed in the city (London). The artificial entity born from the ashes and the roots of the environment, taking over the latter. I’m feeling we’re slowly but inevitably breaking the harmony between us and mother nature. We’re reaching a point of no return. This song is an invitation to stop, reflect, re-discuss our lives and habits, escape the labyrinth made of gold and greed we’ve built. Equilibrium means balance. Without balance, there is no respect. Without respect, no love exists. Without love, we are no more"

Sunny Gray's influences are vast and varied. The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Hendrix, The Clash, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden to R&B/Soul artists with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, Jordan Rakei and Sampha and the trip-hop names like Massive Attack and Portishead.

It's difficult to define him in terms of genre, and perhaps "melantronic soul" cannot be shackled to any one category. We'll let you decide for yourself. Watch below and catch him live on Sunday, August 4th - Camden Assembly - 49 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden, London.

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Only Sun breaks into summer with a music video for 'It'll be alright'



New single ‘It’ll Be Alright’ marks a strident return to Only Sun’s effervescent indie-pop roots. With its dancing calypso rhythms and balmy sun-kissed guitar lines, “It’ll Be Alright” is a shot of pure Vitamin D drenched euphoria, custom-made to soundtrack those ethereally long evenings and lush, languid days spent outdoors.

Laden with the same refreshingly optimistic outlook and good time vibes that have seen Only Sun winning over audiences across the nation left, right and centre in recent months, ’It’ll be Alright’ is released on the brand new CLOSEUP Label and is already going down with fans like a Mr Whippy on a blazing hot day.

Making a case for being one of the hardest working band’s on the indie scene right now, Only Sun ambitiously delivered 12 top-drawer singles in 12 months in 2018 alone (racking up over 1.6 million Spotify streams in the process), before making their debut on the CLOSEUP label in 2019 with the sensational ‘VICE’. Frequently found in tastemaker playlists including The Indie List, Hot New Bands, New Music Friday UK and earning praise from BBC Radio 6 kingpins Steve Lamacq & Tom Robinson, and from Clash Magazine (who praised the band as: “five dreamers who want to make music that really says something”) and across the wider blogosphere, word is beginning to spread like wildfire about this intrepid indie five piece. And with a string of high profile sold out shows to their name across the UK in 2019 already, it’s clear that this band’s time in the sun is now.
The release of ‘Alright’ follows the confirmation of a recent tour slated for Autumn 2019; a string of dates that will see Only Sun play their biggest UK Headline shows to date. Full dates and details below:

AUTUMN UK TOUR DATES

12/10 - Middlesborough, Twistarella
24/10 - Southampton, Heartbreakers
26/10 - London, The Camden Assembly
29/10 - Glasgow, Attic Bar
30/10 - Birmingham, The Castle & Falcon
31/10 - Sheffield, Cafe Totem
1/11 - Newcastle, Surf Cafe
2/11 - Liverpool, SOUND



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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Pixies release new music video - welcome you onboard a psychedelic excursion with no drugs needed!


You are about to enter a hallucinatory space populated by witches and psychics, tarot cards and crystal balls, madness and trepidation, and a harrowing ride in a hearse driven by a Hell Hound.  During this cosmic trek, you will likely slide into infinity, a place where the "eerie" and “magical" seem to be part of the very air.  No need for psychedelics to tune into what you are about to witness.  Just sit back, click PLAY, and take a mind-bending plunge with Pixies' new music video, 'On Graveyard Hill';

 A tip of the hat to film director Kenneth Anger, the 'On Graveyard Hill' video was conceived and directed by Kii Arens (Devo’s 'What We Do', Queens of the Stone Age’s 'The Vampyre of Time and Memory') and Bobbi Rich and shot in Los Angeles.  Said Arens, "Directing for the all mighty Pixies is quite an honor, and I was given complete artistic freedom to do what I wished.  The freedom to do so makes sense as to why they are such an original, real deal band.  I started my career in music creating rock art so it’s perfect for this psychedelic freak-out video release."

 'On Graveyard Hill', that debuted at #1 on FMQB’s SubModern Chart, is the first track from Pixies upcoming album 'Beneath The Eyrie' (BMG), produced by GRAMMY-nominated Tom Dalgety, and due out September 13th.  Episode Four of the 12-episode 'It’s a Pixies’ Podcast', where the band pulls back the curtain to shine light on the album's recording process, will post globally this Thursday on Apple, Spotify, Acast, Stitcher, Google and other podcast platforms.  The band - Black Francis/vocals, guitars; Joey Santiago/guitars, David Lovering/drums, and Paz Lenchantin/bass - will support the album’s release with an extensive 2019-2020 world tour that will launch on Saturday,  August 31 at the Daydream Festival in Pasadena, CA.  This will mark the first time the band has shared a stage with the festival's curators The Cure in 30 years, the first time being in 1989 at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium.  Pixies will then head to the UK for its first European tour in two years, that begins September 13th.  Further worldwide dates to be announced shortly.



UK DATES

SEPTEMBER

13  Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, UK

14  Pavilions, Plymouth, UK

16  O2 Academy, Birmingham, UK

17  O2 Academy, Leeds, UK

18  O2 Apollo, Manchester, UK

20  Alexandra Palace, London, UK

21  O2 Academy, Newcastle, UK

22  O2 Academy, Glasgow, UK

23  Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK

25  Ulster Hall, Belfast, UK


26  Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland




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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

David Baron shares the heart-rending lyric video for his song ‘Bad Bad Love’ feat. Donna Lewis


Visuals for David Baron’s ‘Bad Bad Love’, featuring the renowned songstress Donna Lewis, have been released on the 22nd of July, via Here & Now Recordings. 'Bad Bad Love' follows Baron's previous single 'People Of No Concern' (feat. Lettie & Madeleine), released May 10th.

The superb composition, bolstered by the divine voice of Donna Lewis, now boasts a touching visual accompaniment courtesy of Flock Of Crows Motion Design. Baron took to social media to express his delight, stating “(t)he video brings the song to life for me”.

The video presents Lewis’ lyrics alongside a series of images that communicate a narrative of painful, forced separation: A distressed mother, the silhouette of a solitary child, steel fences, an armed soldier and a red hand closed over lines of barbed wire. The colour palette is limited to shades of grey, suggesting loss and depression, and red, the colour of passionate love, violence, danger and anger.

Speaking of the track, Baron explains: “It is the mournful yearning of a mother who has been separated from her child. Achingly beautiful, heartbreaking, and appropriate for our times. The musical form is reminiscent of a canon, a repeating chord sequence of low strings that slowly blossom until taking us right back to the original question.”

The song and video convey a powerful message relating to the immediate global concerns of migration, geopolitics and inequality. It is a bold and valiant offering on all fronts.

Watch the video for ‘Bad Bad Love’ below:



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